I am adding a second cable modem rather than running network cable, because the additional cable is already there. Like the additional phone line, I don't think there should be any issue with connecting a second modem and connecting to the internet service.
I am putting this out here to get any feedback or issues that people have encountered using this method. Not necessarily the least expensive option, but it should be the least amount of work.
I never said setting a router wasn't simple or that wireless wasn't easy - I have both. It was just a thought for networking an additional floor of the house and getting better than 50% conectivity from the network card.
It seems a bit much to have to pay for additional connection just for adding a modem, but if it's the case. Just another way of pinching your pocket
and just so you know. My equipment is in the basement, family wstuf is on the first floor, and I was setting a secluded space for my wife on the second floor so she could do her schoolwork in a little quiet space.
Thank you though for the quick response.
I never meant to be anon, but just connected to post and...
Unless you pay Comcast for a 2nd account, this won't work. Your Comcast HSI account is tied directly to your cable modem. Much better to run ethernet or if that's not practical, go wireless using a wireless router.
Again, thank you for the quick response and I appreciate all the help. It will alleviate the avoided headaches trying to solve connection problems (I mean issues…) I was trying to avoid swapping out routers and re-configuring them - but it will save me some valuable time.
Like I said.. I know that in some areas comcast doesn't allow two modems in a none workplace account.. May not be true in your area.. If you think two accounts/two modems will serve you better and Comcast will allow it.. and your are willing to pay the extra 42+ bucks a month.. then.. happy surfing..
I have the same issue. It's an older home and wiring is a major challenge, the cable wiring is there, my wife's company will permit VPN over cable but will not allow the use of wireless router and the company will pay for the account. That said, has anyone dealt with two cable modems in the same home?
Wireless (wifi) unless you know how to secure it and have devices that support the latest security protocols is very insecure! You are best off getting a wired router and if you have long runs and don't feel like running lots of cable then try phone line networking.
All the modern brand names support WPA and other security features in their wireless routers. Same is true of modern wireless adapters, as long as you stick with the big boys.
Wireless security is just like anything else. You have to take the time and do it, It doesn't do you any good to lock your front door if you leave the window next to it wide open. Same is true of your router. And most wireless routers come with instructions on how to secure them. And of course, those here have us to tell them what needs to be done.
No one is recommneding WEP and if you read the hundreds of posts here, you'll see we say that over and over again. Along with not using USB network adapters. You can make your home network as bad as you want, but no one sets out to do that. And saying stay away from wireless just because there is some unsecurable hardware out there is just plain silly. That's like saying don't get a compact car because the Pinto blows up when rear ended.
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My Cable modem is in the basement, mounted underneath the floor joist in the approximate center of my house. I have a Linksys WR54TG wireless router in the basement hooked up to the cable modem. I run a CAT5e cable to the hub on my second floor where I have my Mac, My Windows PC. my Solaris UNIX box, and my Prnt server hooked in. I have an Airport Express wireless device in my den which is connected to my Stereo for streeaming my iTunes to the sound system. I have Toshiba laptop with wireless and I connect fine from any room in my house, including the second floor and from the furthest corner of my 20x20 deck... Indeed it has even worked in the Hammock on the other side of the deck in my backyard. I can walk anywhere in the house with my WiFi Palm and connect... In otherwords, the router wireless has plenty of power to go up two stories. My Hammock is about 35 feet from the house.. and then its another 20 feet to the router. It all works fine. I think you are making a problem that does not exist
Yes, but if you have an older laptop that only has 802.11b then you have no choice. Using a decent 128 bit key will keep the casual out. WEP has been cracked, but they still need to crack my key. I know my neighbors and I don't have any that capable of understanding what it is much less attempt to break it.. .. indeed, I can see three networks from my house which are completely open and unprotected.
WEP is not the best.. but is better than nothing...
I am curious how you got the modem to even work without registering it with Comcast to allow connections to it? Fact is, unless its a registered modem, it won't work. Unless you did some sort of hack or cloned it.
You can't "hack" network hardware like that. What would you clone the MAC address to? The same as the other modem? (the only one Comcast allows in your house). I think they might notice the fact that they have 2 modems with the same MAC at the same house. Also, this would cause problems with the modems recieving data, they would not load balence like a Cisco router would.